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Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments
- April 28, 2017

Earlier this week , Cummings and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz , chairman of the House committee, said that they had found no evidence Flynn asked the Army for permission to receive foreign payments or informed the military he had accepted them. (more...)
Netanyahu cancels meeting with German foreign minister over West Bank
- April 28, 2017

Senior officials at the Israeli premiership said that Netanyahu has warned Gabriel that he would cancel the scheduled encounter, should the foreign minister goes ahead with meeting the Israeli groups "Breaking the Silence" and "B'Tselem". They cannot meet with Hamas. Gabriel, however, still met President Reuven Rivlin, whose role is mainly ceremonial, on Tuesday afternoon. Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said Tuesday that her ministry for the past couple years was waging a ... (more...)
Just say 'non': In change election, France must reject fascism Just say 'non': In change election, France must reject fascism
- April 28, 2017

Express.co.uk reported an insider in the Le Pen's camp saying she wanted to be able to shake off the party's toxic image, and broaden her appeal. Despite her far-right policies, Le Pen has still gone to great lengths to distance herself and her party from its more extremist roots. (more...)
South Korea finance minister says economy recovering but uncertainties loom South Korea finance minister says economy recovering but uncertainties loom
- April 28, 2017

Construction investment rose 5.3 percent, compared to negative growth in the fourth quarter driven by an increase in building construction. It was the fastest pace since the second quarter of 2016 when the economy logged 0.9 per cent growth. (more...)
Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on North Korea Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on North Korea
- April 28, 2017

The U.S. says the THAAD system is not an offensive weapon - a point that Adm. Harris reiterated on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons is an urgent national security threat and a top foreign policy priority, the statement said . (more...)
Top Trump officials warn of fresh North Korea pressure Top Trump officials warn of fresh North Korea pressure
- April 28, 2017

Adm. Harry Harris Jr.is commander of U.S. The United States and South Korea agreed a year ago to deploy the THAAD to counter the threat of missile launches by North Korea. The Obama administration attempted to resurrect them in 2012, but a deal to provide food aid in exchange for a nuclear freeze soon collapsed. Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, close ally South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious US defense system against missiles ... (more...)
Trump reiterates commitment to build Mexican border wall
- April 27, 2017

A senior Republican aide said that since Trump took the wall off the table, it's up to Democrats as to whether they are willing to cooperate. The President on Tuesday seems to be open to withdrawing the $1.4 billion he had demanded for the barrier be included in the federal budget, which must be approved before Friday if a partial government shutdown is to be avoided, Efe news reported . (more...)
Pakistan recall Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal for Champions Trophy Pakistan recall Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal for Champions Trophy
- April 27, 2017

Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali have been recalled by Pakistan for the squad that will travel for the Champions Trophy in England. In his final series as the skipper, in Australia , Azhar managed scores of just 24, 7 and 6 as Pakistan succumbed to a series defeat - their second in five months. (more...)
Former Ga governor could become Secretary of Agriculture soon
- April 26, 2017

Representatives of the animal agriculture industry voiced support for Perdue's confirmation, echoing their overwhelming support for Perdue's initial nomination in January. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union are among the large number of farm groups that have voiced support for the selection of Perdue. (more...)
Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria
- April 26, 2017

The strikes underscore the delicate political tightrope the United States is treading in Syria - and to a lesser extent in Iraq - where it is relying heavily on Kurdish forces to conduct the ground fight against the Islamic State group. The two regions have become " terror hubs ", the Turkish army said, with the PKK frequently using these areas to channel militants, weapons, bombs and ammunition into Turkey. (more...)
Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks
- April 26, 2017

The arrests followed an eight-month investigation in coordination with Belgian police that linked several of the arrested to extremist organizations, as well as organized crime activity. Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadist group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France. (more...)
Russian Federation proposes UN-led investigation into Syria gassing accusation Russian Federation proposes UN-led investigation into Syria gassing accusation
- April 25, 2017

It is the eighth time during Syria's six-year war that Moscow has shielded ally President Bashar-al Assad. But Mrs May said British scientists at the Porton Down research facility were "very clear" that the sarin nerve agent or "sarin-like substance" was used in the April 4 attack and it was "highly likely" that Assad's regime was responsible. (more...)
Russia Says Syria Invited Chemical Weapons Experts to Idlib
- April 25, 2017

Therefore, there are serious doubts about the work of the aforementioned mission, created in 2013, specifically, and about the work by the OPCW, in general, said Lavrov after meeting here with his counterparts from Syria and Iran. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!" "We will not let efforts taken for the political regulation in the Syrian Arab Republic be undermined", Lavrov stressed. (more...)
France says pressure needed to stop North Korea crossing next nuclear hurdle France says pressure needed to stop North Korea crossing next nuclear hurdle
- April 25, 2017

We've said it as clearly as we can possibly say it. North Korean Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told the BBC that missiles will still be tested on "a weekly, monthly and yearly basis". The Syrian government "crossed a red line" with its use of poison gas, President Trump charged, and, without asking for any authorization from the US Congress, ordered two US destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea to rain 59 cruise missiles on the airbase. (more...)
Protesters disrupt rightwing German AfD party conference
- April 25, 2017

Speaking in a video message posted on her Facebook page, Petry denied suggestions that she had made the proposal with a view to becoming the party's top candidate. Although Hoecke has been barred from attending the congress, some delegates have said they will put forward a motion to keep him in the party. The less well known Ms Weidel is seen as a relative moderate within the AfD, and appears to have been nominated to placate party members alarmed by the choice of Mr Gauland. (more...)
Authorities say 5 dead in New York City fire
- April 25, 2017

Television news footage showed flames chewing through the roof and roaring in upstairs rooms of the house as smoke poured from it. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was the city's biggest loss of life in a fire in two years. He said that the house, by then, was "completely consumed with fire". "This is a bad time for this block, for this community, for our entire city, when we see people lost in such a fashion", FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the news conference. (more...)
EC announces re-poll in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency
- April 24, 2017

The by-election was to be held on April 12. "All shops and business establishments are seen open today". Ahead of the decision, two government schools designated as polling stations for bypoll to Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency were set afire in the fresh spiral of violence after polling in Kashmir where prohibitory orders were imposed in Budgam and Ganderbal districts. (more...)
Delhi Municipal Corporation Polls: All The Stats You Need To Know
- April 24, 2017

The AAP is contesting MCD polls for the first time as it was formed after the last Delhi municipal elections in 2012. According to Khetan, 61 per cent of the respondents blamed the municipal corporation for lack of cleanliness in Delhi and 60 per cent said corruption in the civic body was a major election issue. (more...)
Divisions, protests erupt at German nationalist convention
- April 24, 2017

AfD delegates will attempt to turn around the party's fortunes this weekend as they gather in Cologne for a national convention that is due to decide on their main candidates and platform for the September 24 election. As the congress began, AfD co-leader Frauke Petry failed in her bid to rally members behind a more moderate-sounding programme based on pragmatic "Realpolitik" meant to shut down the party's more extremist voices. (more...)
Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win
- April 24, 2017

There were British performances to celebrate in the elite races too as Alyson Dixon broke her personal best to finish 14th in the women's event in 2:29:06 and clinch a place on Britain's World Championship team. "I'm always looking forward to the marathon and it gets me out the house". But Kenenisa Bekele has shown an incredible ability to rally (or play dead) during his road racing career and nearly claimed another come-from-behind win today. (more...)
Bye-bye, and here's your check: Golden exit for the departed
- April 24, 2017

Thursday night, more than 24 hours after O'Reilly's firing, Colbert was "still reeling from the loss", he said before dancing on camera . O'Reilly was sacked by Fox on Wednesday after a report earlier this month that five women were paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged he has sexually harassed or mistreated them. (more...)
German Court Arrests Russian Suspect in Borussia Football Team Bus Bombing German Court Arrests Russian Suspect in Borussia Football Team Bus Bombing
- April 23, 2017

The club shares rose at 1.8 per cent on April 12, the day after the attack, and are up about two per cent so far this year. Instead, officials traced the purchase of the share options to a luxury hotel in Dortmund where the team was staying ahead of a game against Monaco in the Champions League, regarded as the world's top soccer club competition. (more...)
Unite leadership candidate Gerard Coyne suspended from job Unite leadership candidate Gerard Coyne suspended from job
- April 23, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's biggest union backer has narrowly seen off a challenge to his leadership in a blow to Labour moderates who hope to move the party back to the centre ground. "The investigation is, of course, being conducted under procedure, and it should not be assumed that any offence has necessarily been committed". He also threw his support behind Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell saying their policies were "closely aligned to ours" and saying he wanted to "work for a Labour government, to ... (more...)
Dortmund coach says Marc Bartra could return in 4 weeks Dortmund coach says Marc Bartra could return in 4 weeks
- April 23, 2017

The note demanded that Germany withdraw reconnaissance jets assisting the fight against IS and close the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany. On Wednesday, Frauke Koehler, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office, said the investigation was examining a possible "terrorist link" after three identical letters were found at the scene of the explosions. (more...)
Israel claims Syria has 'three tonnes' of chemical weapons Israel claims Syria has 'three tonnes' of chemical weapons
- April 23, 2017

The estimate marked the first specific intelligence assessment of Syria's military and weapons capabilities since a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 that killed some 90 people, including dozens of children, Deutsche Welle.com reported. (more...)
Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car, possible overdose Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in car, possible overdose
- April 23, 2017

The investigation into Gooding Sr.'s death is ongoing, and cause of death is still undetermined pending autopsy results, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told reporters on Thursday, adding, "There was alcohol found in the car.and possible drug paraphernalia ". (more...)
Good squad but pressure on Lions: Hansen Good squad but pressure on Lions: Hansen
- April 23, 2017

I think he was probably right to turn it down because he was an afterthought by Gatland, he probably knew exactly how much input he'd have, which would be nil. That gives an idea of what their expectation is. It is the first time that no Scottish forward has been named since 1908, when the squad was made up entirely of Anglo-Welsh players. (more...)
Klopp faces centre-back dilemma ahead of Palace visit
- April 22, 2017

Klopp missed out on winning silverware in his first year at Liverpool as they lost both the finals of both the EFL Cup and the Europa League, but he is hopeful of securing at least one trophy before the end of his contract in 2022. "Joe Gomez played on Monday, U23, again [he] did well, made big steps in the last few weeks, so maybe we have to try this pair. [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend, Christian, [Jason] Puncheon, they are really good footballers", he told reporters . (more...)
US reviewing Venezuela's seizure of General Motors assets US reviewing Venezuela's seizure of General Motors assets
- April 22, 2017

GM's Venezuelan subsidiary, General Motors Venezolana, has operated in the country for almost 70 years and employs almost 2,700 workers there. However, he said, GM workers have been assured company debts will be paid, and told that the new operators want staff to have good pay and benefits. (more...)
British lawmakers set to approve PM May's June 8 election plan British lawmakers set to approve PM May's June 8 election plan
- April 22, 2017

May said the snap election was aimed at overcoming divisions in parliament, succeeding in Brexit negotiations with the European Union , and ensuring stability in the country. But addressing a hall in London packed with supporters, the beleaguered Corbyn denied a Conservative victory was a "foregone conclusion", pointing to his own unlikely election as Labour leader in 2015. (more...)
Russian planes fly by Alaska for a FOURTH night in a row Russian planes fly by Alaska for a FOURTH night in a row
- April 22, 2017

CNN reported that us officials called Monday's interception "nothing out of the ordinary". The Thursday incident involved two Tu-95 nuclear-capable Bear bombers. Also on Monday, a third Russian aircraft, an IL-38 maritime patrol plane the American ADIZ. This is especially the case after CIA Director Mike Pompeo called Wikileaks a "hostile intelligence service abetted" by Russia, so it's rather unsettling to see that this pushback may have resulted in Russian bombers taking an interest in ... (more...)
US Defense Secretary Mattis says Syria retains chemical weapons US Defense Secretary Mattis says Syria retains chemical weapons
- April 22, 2017

Gen Mattis's comments follow the recent missile strike ordered by President Trump against a Syrian airbase after the alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. The regime moved its warplanes to a Russian air base in Latakia, presumably in case of a second US missile attack. Mattis echoed Netanyahu, referring Iran-backed militant Islam and Sunni extremists led by the Islamic State group as the major threats to the region. (more...)
Sally Yates to Testify Publicly in House Russia Probe Sally Yates to Testify Publicly in House Russia Probe
- April 22, 2017

The top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff of California, had demanded Nunes step aside from the investigation, saying Nunes had compromised the integrity of the committee's work. In the ensuing days, Trump administration officials accused Russia of failing to uphold its end of an agreement to strip Syria of its chemical weapons stores and said Russian officials were attempting to cover up Syria's responsibility for the chemical attack. (more...)
Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets
- April 21, 2017

His co-opener Shaun Marsh, the most prolific ever run-scorer for Kings XI Punjab, had to wait five games into the season for a chance, but impersonated someone regular in the side with a sublime 21-ball 26 that's been made to look worse than it was by Rohit Sharma's packed off-side field. (more...)
Stockholm truck attack suspect was facing deportation Stockholm truck attack suspect was facing deportation
- April 21, 2017

Police had found a suspect device in the cab of the lorry. "Whether this was a classic bomb or some sort of flammable device is now a matter for our analysis". A statement on the company's Facebook page said it had made a "bad decision" and was "deeply unhappy both over the decision and over email". Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 8 sent a message of condolences to his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven over a recent truck attack in downtown Stockholm capital. (more...)
Pence says working with allies to put pressure on North Korea
- April 21, 2017

During their talks on Tuesday, Pence and Aso launched a new "economic dialogue" that will consider ways the countries can strengthen the economic side of their alliance. Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the US considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region. The vice president added: "Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam frankly is an inspiration to the world and we commend you and your people". (more...)
Spicer says Hitler comment 'inexcusable and reprehensible'
- April 21, 2017

The attack in northern Syria left almost 90 people dead, and Turkey's health minister said tests show sarin gas was used. He even went on to say, "You had ... "Spicer's statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary". A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said comparing Nazi war crimes to present-day situations "leads to nothing good". (more...)
Abbas to meet Trump at White House Abbas to meet Trump at White House
- April 21, 2017

Ahead of Abbas's visit to Washington, a high-ranking Palestinian delegation is scheduled to arrive in the United States to prepare for the visit, Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting will aim to end the historic distrust between Israel and Palestine. Thank you for signing up. . The White House announced Wednesday that Trump will meet with Abbas on May 3 for talks on efforts to breathe life into the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (more...)
Israel says Assad still has chemical weapons
- April 21, 2017

For many, the US strikes on a Syrian air base two days later were a satisfying response and long overdue in a protracted, deadly civil war that has left millions of families shattered, Daesh emboldened and Assad seemingly immune. In an exclusive interview last week with AFP in Damascus , Assad said the suspected chemical attack was a "fabrication" to justify a U.S. missile strike on Syrian forces. (more...)
Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94
- April 20, 2017

According to Indian intelligence officials, Murshid Mohammed, in his 20s, who hailed from Kasaragode in Kerala, was among the IS militants killed after the United States military struck the IS' position in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border, on Thursday with a massive 10-tonne missile-powered bomb . (more...)
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren launches book tour US Sen. Elizabeth Warren launches book tour
- April 20, 2017

Nevertheless, she persisted , ' McConnell said then. Senator Cruz cited one particular Democrat leader as the next incumbent president if White House Republicans did not act in solidarity. "She initially assumed the book would be a friendly spur to the left for a president named Hillary Clinton, viewed by some liberals as an uncertain ally on such issues as trade". (more...)
Muslim Jakarta governor candidate ahead in election, early count shows Muslim Jakarta governor candidate ahead in election, early count shows
- April 20, 2017

Polls opened to a quiet start earlier in the day, but more voters started trickling to polling stations later in the morning and closer to lunchtime. Mr Purnama won the first round, but not by enough of a margin. "It is forbidden under Islamic law, to have an infidel leader", he told Reuters . (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana). Indonesians queue up give their votes at a makeshift polling station under a bridge during the runoff election in Jakarta , Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (more...)
Delay in consular access to Jadhav irks India Delay in consular access to Jadhav irks India
- April 20, 2017

The bench said: "Every possible endeavour is being made by the government of India to secure the life of the citizen (Jadhav). the matter best deserves to be left to the expertise of the government". The Pakistan Army had earlier said there will be "no compromise" on the issue of death sentence awarded to Jadhav. India has denounced Jadhav's trial as a farce, insisting he was abducted from Iran and that his subsequent presence in Pakistan was never credibly explained. (more...)
Census finds typical Aust a 38yo woman Census finds typical Aust a 38yo woman
- April 19, 2017

In news that will shock no one, the typical Australian male is 37 years old and spends less than five hours a week on domestic work. The typical person from New South Wales and Tasmania owns their home outright, while the typical Northern Territorian rents their home. (more...)
Fairfield woman at risk for deportation to stay until court rules Fairfield woman at risk for deportation to stay until court rules
- April 19, 2017

Attorneys are asking the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals to halt the deportation for the 41-year-old Trujillo Diaz. Federal authorities contend Trujillo Diaz entered the United States illegally in 2002 and has exhausted her appeals. (more...)
MP backs election call but business is anxious
- April 19, 2017

MPs must approve decision to dissolve Parliament part-way through full term. Media captionJeremy Corbyn: "I want to lead a government that will transform this country " Could she lose? "I am pleased she has made this decision - it will be good to get a firm mandate for when we are negotiating with the European Union over Brexit". (more...)
Chinese, US officials exchange views on Korean Peninsula situation Chinese, US officials exchange views on Korean Peninsula situation
- April 19, 2017

Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain would participate in naval exercises with the Australian navy south of Singapore before heading to Korea. He suggested plans to deploy a USA missile defense system in South Korea were damaging its relations with China. China and Russian Federation have launched military intelligence vessels to "chase down" the USA warship Donald Trump dispatched to the North Korean Peninsula, the Japanese government has reportedly ... (more...)
Police helicopter crashes in southeastern Turkey Police helicopter crashes in southeastern Turkey
- April 19, 2017

Contact was lost with the Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk-type helicopter at 11.50 a.m., Soylu told journalists. It took the rescue teams several hours to find the helicopter wreckage due to altitude, adverse weather conditions and low visibility. The region is home to the Munzur mountains, where local media reported heavy fog. Turkish helicopter crashed in the province of Tunceli. He said rescue teams could not reach the area by helicopter. (more...)
Harder on Russia and softer on China, Trump's views evolving Harder on Russia and softer on China, Trump's views evolving
- April 18, 2017

The expert, who heads the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, gave the remarks while addressing the Penn Wharton China Summit opened here Saturday. Jack Reed, R.I., also focused heavily on China . This year's event has attracted high-profile guest speakers as well as hundreds of audience from across the world. (more...)
Trump has spent nearly a third of his presidency in Florida
- April 18, 2017

During the campaign, Trump said that as president, he would probably never see his own golf courses again because he'd be too busy working. It's the same church where President Trump and First Lady Melania were married in 2005 and most recently attended Christmas Mass. (more...)

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